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The majority of the 6.3 million of the Tibetan population live in the Tibet Autonomous Region which is known worldwidely as Tibet. However, Tibet is divided by the dialects into three regions: Weizang, Kham and Amdo. There are also Tibetan communities in Qinghai, Gansu, Sichuan and Yunnan provinces and many branches of Tibetan minority groups live in these areas. This Tibetan area is still a virgin land for most of the tourists but withhold countless nature and culture treasure. There are many excellent Tibetan bilingual local guides in our team who can provide you an absolutely authentic Tibetan Culture experience. Together with our naturalist photographer, you will have an original photography adventure in western China. Highlights: • In-depth Tibetan and Buddhism culture immersion; • Shooting with some of the best local nature photographers; • Excellent Tibetan bilingual local guides all along the way.

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Day wise Itinerary

  • Day 1 : Arrive Chengdu, City Tour

    Upon your arrival in Chengdu, our local guide will meet you at the airport and help you with hotel check-in. Then a Chengdu city day tour begins. There are so many options of the sightseeing in Chengdu. We could visit the historical streets and sites of Chengdu---the capital of Ancient Shu for thousands of years. Sichuan cuisine is among the top four Chinese cuisines, so a food tour will be definitely a highlight. Sichuan opera and the face changing show is also a must see that you don’t want to miss. The itinerary of the city tour will be arranged according to your arriving time.
    Overnight: Chengdu
    Meal: BLD

  • Day 2 : Chengdu Panda Base/taoping Qiang Village

    Leaving Chengdu, we are visiting the Chengdu Panda base in the morning. It is the best time to see panda in the morning when they are very active. Chengdu panda base is the breeding center that has the most giant panda in the world. In 2015, there are 13 panda cubs born including 6 pairs of twins. Here you can see panda in different ages. Our panda expert will also tell you many stories of panda you may not know. You will definitely have absolute panda experience! After the panda base, we will drive to Taoping. Taoping is known for its mysterious ancient fortress which has protected Qiang people for thousand years. These are the only buildings in the area that was not affected by the “5.12 Great Sichuan Earthquake” in 2008. We will stay in the village tonight and experience the culture of Qiang people.
    Overnight: Taoping
    Meal: BLD

  • Day 3 : Taoping Qiang Village/ Jiuzhai Valley

    We depart from Taoping early in the morning and head to Jiuzhai Valley. “Jiuzhai” means nine Tibetan villages living in the valley. There goes a saying: no mountain is worth seeing after Mt. Huangshan and no other water will be of interest after Jiuzhai Valley. If there are 'fairylands' in the world, Jiuzhai Valley must be one of them. Stretching over 72,000 hectares in the northern part of Sichuan Province, the Jiuzhaigou valley reaches a height of more than 4,800 m, thus comprising a series of diverse forest ecosystems. Its superb landscapes are particularly interesting for their series of narrow conic karst land forms and spectacular waterfalls. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992; the park joined the Man and Biosphere Conservation Network in 1997 and has also received IUCN and ISO 14,001 accreditations. It is the most beautiful nature reserve in China. The magical colors of water will make fantastic photos.
    Overnight: Jiuzhai Valley
    Meal: BLD

  • Day 4 : Jiuzhai Valley

    Today we will enjoy the wonders of nature. We will explore a number of birding sites both inside and just outside this wonderful sanctuary. It is not allowed to take our own vehicles inside the park. We’ll use the reserve’s frequent shuttle bus services to explore a number of excellent birding sites. Rufous-headed Robin is virtually unknown away from here, so we’ll spend time searching an area of mixed forest for this fabulous songster. Other species include Chinese Nuthatch, Rusty-breasted and Sooty Tits, and the noisy Spotted Laughingthrush.
    Overnight: Jiuzhai Valley
    Meal: BLD

  • Day 5 : Fairy Pond - Jiuzhai Valley / Ruoergai

    Today we leave Jiuzhai and venture north. First we will stop by a site that you don’t want to miss before leaving Jiuzhai. Located in Dalu Township, the Fairy Pool Scenic Area is a renowned attraction in the Jiuzhaigou Paradise. It is situated about 49 kilometers (30 miles) from the entrance to the Jiuzhai Valley National Park.

    In Tibetan, the Fairy Pool Scenic Area is called Nen'en Sangcuo. It means a place where fairies bathe. The Fairy Pool Scenic Area comprises about 2,000 alpine lakes and travertine pools. Pools of various shapes and sizes are scattered throughout the lush forest. The most celebrated attractions are the Golden and Silver Beach, the Double-Dragon Pool, the Divine Frog Sea, the Blue Dragon Sea, the Kermes Brooklet and the travertine waterfalls. These are the artistic treasures fashioned by nature without any artificial elements.

    After Fairy Pond, we will drive all the way north to Ruoergai. We will drive along the high way and twisted mountain road in Minshan Mountain range. Our wildlife expert will give you a small lecture about the wildlife and their habitat
    Overnight: Ruoergai
    Meal: BLD

  • Day 6 : Ruoergai/ Langmusi

    Ruoergai owns a vast piece of grassland at an elevation of just under 4,000 meters with thousands of birds living there. It is a fairyland for birding. Here in Ruoergai, it also lives another Tibetan minority groups—Amdo. Amdo Tibetan minority is a nomadic group who pasture yak and horse on the large grassland for generations. We have chance to visit some Amdo nomadic tents and talk to the locals to learn about their stories. We continue the journey driving to Langmusi in southern Gansu.
    Overnight: Langmusi
    Meal: BLD

  • Day 7 : Langmusi/ Xiahe

    Langmusi, known in Tibetan as Taktsang Lhamo, or just Lhamo, is a small village straddling the border of Gansu and Sichuan in the amdo region of the Tibetan Plateau. Sitting at an elevation of 3325m, Lhamo lies in a beautiful valley surrounded by alpine forests and amazing mountains. The town only has a population of around 3500 to 4500, with more than 1100 of the people belonging to the two monasteries found in the village. It is a perfect place to immerse in the Tibetan Buddhism. Leaving Langmusi, we drive north to Xiahe and continue our Tibetan culture experience.
    Overnight: Xiahe
    Meal: BLD

  • Day 8 : Xiahe

    Xiahe is home to the famed Labrang Tibetan Buddhist monastery, one of the largest Tibetan Buddhist monasteries outside of the Tibet Autonomous Region. The town is populated largely by ethnic Tibetans, as well as some Hui and Han Chinese. The Buddhism festive between January and February is spectacular.
    Overnight: Xiahe

  • Day 9 : Xiahe / Xining

    Leaving Xiahe in the morning, we are heading north to Qinghai Tibetan Autonomous Region. Xining is the capital of Qinghai province in western China, and the largest city on the Tibetan Plateau. The city was a commercial hub along the Northern Silk Road's Hexi Corridor for over 2000 years, and was a stronghold of the Han, Sui, Tang, and Song dynasties' resistance against nomadic attacks from the west.
    Overnight: Xining

  • Day 10 : Xining/Kumbum Monastery /Qinghai Lake

    After the overnight in Xining, we will stop by a famous Tibetan Buddhism monastery on the way to Qinghai Lake. Kumbum was founded in 1583 in a narrow valley close to the village of Lusar in the Tibetan cultural region of Amdo. Its superior monastery is Drepung Monastery, immediately to the west of Lhasa. It was ranked in importance as second only to Lhasa. The Kumbum monastery is very much a repository of Tibetan culture and art, including various sculptures, statues and religious artifacts.
    Overnight: Qinghai Lake
    Meal: BLD

  • Day 11 : Qinghai Lake

    We will watch birds and track wildlife around the lake. Qinghai Lake is the largest inland saltwater lake in China. It is like a glittering and translucent sapphire mounted in the vast expanse of the plateau. Qinghai Lake as a main body is surrounded by lakeside plain, grassy swamp, alpine grassy marshland, semi-desert and dry grassy beach with abundant wetland ecosystem and bio-resources. There are altogether 200 species of birds and beasts in Qinghai Lake and lakeside area including gulls, cormorants, swans and blank-necked cranes.
    Overnight: Qinghai Lake
    Meal: BLD

  • Day 12 : Qinghai Lake / Xining

    On the last day of the trip, we drive back to Xining and the “The Unknown Tibetan” Photography Tour ends.

    We can customize this trip so as to better meet your timing, budget and interests or arrange a private extension to explore China as you wish. Please contact us for more information.

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